The IIE Manufacturing and Engineering Skillnet together with the Innovation and Lean Sigma Skillnet are hosting:

Date: 6th November

Venue: The Ramada Viking, Cork Road, Waterford

Time: 7pm - 9pm

The Speakers: Pete Gritton (Adjunct Professor at the University of Kentucky Centre for Lean) and Ownie McBride (A contractor who supports organisations with Lean)

This informative event was organised with the intention of focusing on the basics of Lean Manufacturing and will highlight how to do it right. The session will be packed with information to address the most common stumbling blocks that many organisations face because of the people side of Lean.

This will be an occasion to celebrate the establishment of the IIE Manufacturing and Engineering Skillnet and an opportunity for us to strengthen our cooperation with the Innovation and Lean Sigma Skillnet. This free event will also be a time for networking with our member companies.

Contact us if you wish to attend this free event / 061-423622



Pete Gritton, Adjunct Professor at the University of Kentucky Center for Lean. Pete is the former VP of Human Resources at Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, North America. He was one of Toyota’s first North American hires. Pete retired in 2009 after twenty-two years of service. Since retirement, Pete has been partnering with global corporations and organizations on the People Side of Lean. He also coaches individual executives and works with executive teams on strategic planning – Hoshin Kanri. His work has included Union Pacific, Kerry Foods, Invest Northern Ireland and the Irish Center for Business Excellence.

Ownie McBride who since 1998 has worked with Pete as a contractor for strategic planning, HR, employee relations, communications support and executive coaching. Ownie also has supported other organizations with Lean in health care, manufacturing, education, & non-profits. She previously was a management consultant through a labor & employment law firm, owned a Washington, DC consulting business, served as Bush (41) Inaugural Communications Director and received a Reagan appointment to serve Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole.

We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of free places for jobseekers on our network programmes subject to funding being available. Please click on the following link to check if you meet Jobseekers eligibility criteria

Skillnets funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills

ILSS is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

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